Transformative Times: 2021-2022 Annual Report

September 16, 2022

When the Digital Transformation Institute issued its third call for proposals for AI research to transform cybersecurity and secure critical infrastructure last December, few imagined the increased attention that cybersecurity would command when it came time to announce awards for selected proposals this past March, amid heightened global tensions.

The cybersecurity awards were announced at the Institute’s second annual research symposium in Miami – also its first-ever in-person event of any kind. DTI had been launched two years earlier, in March 2020, just as the world entered a lockdown because of COVID-19.

At that time, we issued the first call for proposals for AI research to mitigate COVID-19 and future pandemics. As it turns out, that research reaches far beyond pandemics – AI-driven advances in medical imaging, drug discovery, “virtual physical exams,” a clinical care “GPS,” and the like have the potential to fundamentally change how medicine operates.

The second call in 2021 was for AI research for energy and climate security. While we all recognize the clear and present danger of climate change, fewer would have predicted how the urgency of transitioning away from fossil fuels would skyrocket after Russia invaded Ukraine. We expect these projects to have outsize impact as well.

As the groundbreaking science within these pages describe, the DTI is at the forefront of advancing foundational methods and tools that will provide impactful solutions to pressing, societal-scale issues.

View and download the 2021-2022 Annual Report pdf.